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Mental exam ordered for recruiting office bombing suspect

The Associated Press - July 15, 2017 9:17 am

Mental exam ordered for recruiting office bombing suspect
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A man accused of setting off a pipe bomb outside an Air Force recruiting office in Oklahoma has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.
The Tulsa World reports that U.S. Magistrate Frank McCarthy ordered the evaluation Friday for 28-year-old Benjamin Roden after defense attorneys questioned whether he can assist in his own defense.
Noting his recent apparent mental decline, McCarthy says Roden may be suffering from a mental health issue that has rendered him incompetent to prepare for trial.
Roden is accused of setting off a pipe bomb late Monday outside an unoccupied Air Force recruiting office in suburban Tulsa.
Roden is described in court records as a disgruntled U.S. veteran who “hated the military.”

 

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